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Project 3: Interaction Concept, 15 Credits

Swedish name: Projekt 3: Interaktionskoncept

This syllabus is valid: 2019-12-30 and until further notice

Course code: 5ID082

Credit points: 15

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Industrial Design: Second cycle, has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: Two-grade scale

Responsible department: Umeå Institute of Design (UID)

Revised by: Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 2019-10-29


The course provides hands-on experience designing a conceptual product or system.

The course is divided in two parts:

1. Project III - Interaction Concept, 13.5 credits.
In this part the emphasis is on techniques and methods for creating interaction prototypes. Dynamic methods that emphasise the importance of context, time factors, sensory and social factors are emphasised.

2. Writing for designs II, 1.5 credits.
This part deals with methods for documenting projects. During this part, attributed to a shorter academic paper for presentation at a student conference.

Expected learning outcomes

After completing the course, students will be able to:

  • Build an experimental interactive prototype linked to a practical design projects.  
  • Use different approaches and methods in project comprehensive problem identification, interviews, idea generation, creation of experience prototyping and concept development.
  • Apply the design process of a project, from problem identification to the presentation of the final design proposal and reflect on the experiences of using experience prototypes in the design process
  • Use experience prototypes, video as a document and analysis tools, as well as oral and visual presentation techniques in a project.
  • Write an academic report.

Required Knowledge

A Bachelor's degree or equivalent first-cycle qualification comprising of at least 180 ECTS or a corresponding qualification from an internationally recognized university. Specific entry requirements are: 60 ECTS credits in the field of Design. Student must have passed all previous master courses in the Interaction Design programme at Umeå Institute of Design or the equivalent. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6.

Form of instruction

Lectures and practical training under the guidance of a supervisor. Both qualified professional designers as teachers from Umeå Institute of Design work as supervisors. All parts of the course are compulsory.

Examination modes

Examination is through the presentation of project work and tasks. To pass the course, all parts of the course has to be completed. Pass (G) or Fail (U) is given for each course part and for the course as a whole.
For students who have not obtained the grade Pass, other examination sessions will be arranged. A student who for two consecutive examinations for the same course or sub-course has not been passed, has the right to have another examiner appointed, if there are no special reasons against this (Higher Education Ordinance chapter 6, 22 §). The request for a new examiner shall be made in writing to the Head of Department at Umeå Institute of Design.

Students have the right to request that previous studies, or equivalent knowledge and skills acquired in a professional, work-related capacity, be validated and transferred into credits on an equivalent course or programme at Umeå University.  Applications for credit transfer should be addressed to Student Services/Degree Evaluation Office. More information can be found at the Umeå University student web site (www.student.umu.se/english) and in Chapter 6 of the Higher Education Ordinance.  Appeals may be made to the Higher Education Appeals Board (ÖNH) against a decision by the university not to approve an application for credit transfer (Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 12), even in cases where only a part of the application has been rejected.


Valid from: 2019 week 42

Course literature

Redström Johan
Making design theory
Cambridge, MA : The MIT Press : 2017. : xiv, 171 pages :
ISBN: 978-0-262-03665-8
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